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Essays on Scandinavian Literature   By: (1848-1895)

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In Essays on Scandinavian Literature, Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen takes readers on an enlightening journey through the world of Scandinavian literature, offering intricate analysis and unique insights that are both thought-provoking and illuminating.

Boyesen's comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter is evident from the very beginning. His exploration of Scandinavian literature's historical and cultural context allows readers to better understand and appreciate the nuances of the texts he discusses. The author navigates the complex interplay between literature and society, highlighting how Scandinavian writers reflected the social, political, and economic circumstances of their time. This contextualization adds depth and richness to his interpretations, making them all the more compelling.

One of the standout qualities of Boyesen's work is his ability to seamlessly draw connections between different authors and their writings, highlighting recurring themes and motifs throughout Scandinavian literature. His analysis delves into the intricacies of character development, narrative structure, and symbolic elements, providing readers with a deeper understanding of the texts themselves and their broader significance. Boyesen's prose is engaging and accessible, making this book not only suitable for scholars and academics but also appealing to general readers interested in exploring Scandinavian literary traditions.

Furthermore, Essays on Scandinavian Literature serves as a testament to Boyesen's genuine passion for the subject matter. His enthusiasm is contagious, and readers will find themselves compelled to further explore the works and authors he discusses. This book acts as a valuable resource for anyone wishing to delve deeper into Scandinavian literature, offering a solid foundation upon which to build further studies.

However, it is important to note that Boyesen's work primarily focuses on male authors and their contributions, with minimal attention given to female voices. While this may be indicative of the literary landscape at the time of publication, it would have been insightful to see more inclusion of female authors and their perspectives. Nonetheless, this does not detract significantly from the overall merit of the book.

In conclusion, Essays on Scandinavian Literature by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen is a meticulously crafted and immersive exploration of Scandinavian literary traditions. Boyesen's expertise, combined with his engaging style of writing, allows readers to appreciate the depth and richness of the texts he analyzes. While there may be room for improvement in terms of representation, this does not diminish the value and significance of Boyesen's work. This book is an essential addition to any literary enthusiast's collection and a valuable resource for those interested in Scandinavian literature.

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Goethe and Schiller. Their Lives and Works; with a commentary on "Faust." Essays on German Literature. Essays on Scandinavian Literature. A Commentary on the Writings of Henrik Ibsen. Literary and Social Silhouettes. The Story of Norway. Gunnar. Tales from Two Hemispheres. A Norseman's Pilgrimage. Falconberg. A Novel. Queen Titania. Ilka on the Hill top, and Other Tales. A Daughter of the Philistines. The Light of Her Countenance. Vagabond Tales. The Mammon of Unrighteousness. The Golden Calf. Social Strugglers. Idyls of Norway, and Other Poems.


The Modern Vikings: Stories of Life and Sport in the Northland. Against Heavy Odds, and A Fearless Trio. Boyhood in Norway. Norseland Tales.




Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures in Columbia College

London David Nutt, 270, Strand 1895.

Copyright, 1895, by Charles Scribner's Sons for the United States of America Printed by the Trow Directory, Printing and Bookbinding Company New York, U... Continue reading book >>

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